Coping with physical illness is not only physically challenging, it can also drain us emotionally and spiritually. Dealing with the emotional distress is important as it can have an impact on our patients’ recovery. However, many might not seek the additional psychological help they need because of the stigma associated with receiving psychiatric treatment and the additional financial burden.
With the aim of enhancing the holistic care for our patients, the KKheART programme was set up in 2012 under the Department of Psychological Medicine. The programme is supported by the KKH Health Endowment Fund. KKheART will provide a range of supportive therapies conducted by the Department of Psychological Medicine. Through these complimentary therapies, we hope that it can benefit patients’ psychological well-being, and for the caregivers as well.
At present, we have heART and Share-A-Craft programme under KKheART. We plan to introduce more programmes under KKheART over the coming months.
Department of Psychological Medicine: +65 6394-2205
The programme is supported by KKH Health Endowment Fund (KKHHEF).
To make a donation to the KKheART programme, please click here to download our donation form.
(Clickhere to view a sample copy of the completed GIRO form.)
Please note that you should also fill up the donation form to provide us with your details.
Please indicate "KKheART programme" on the donation form and on the back of the cheque.
This art-making support group for cancer survivors receiving treatment at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital was started in October 2009 by the Department of Psychological Medicine. In a supportive and non-threatening environment, the participants are able to enjoy and benefit from the therapeutic process of art-making. Many of the participants have no previous art background and have since discovered their passion and talent for art.
heART has organised many art-making activities including art exhibitions, community art projects, decorating the wards with patients’ paintings and printing the paintings into calendars. You can view many of the paintings at the gallery below.
The art sessions are free for the participants as we manage to be self-sufficient through the sales of the art work done by the participants. Now that the programme is under KKheART, there are plans for a wider range of activities for our participants.
We have the art sessions twice a month on the last two Wednesdays of the month.
20 January to 1 Feb 2015, 9am to 10pm
Goodman Arts Centre
Department of Psychological Medicine, KKH
Expressions by heART. Featuring the ceramic work of the art-making support group for cancer survivors from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
These works were created by members of the heART programme. This programme aims to enhance the holistic care of cancer survivors at the KK Woman’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) through creative arts. Hazel Wong, a ceramic muralist and educator, brought the participants through a 20 hour ceramic sculpture programme. The participants explored various hand-building techniques such as pinching, slabwork and coiling, to create a series of sculptures reflecting their personal journeys. The exhibition is supported by the National Arts Council and Goodman Ceramic Studio.
We hope the stories in their paintings will inspire you. Believe that cancer is not the end. It is only a part of life’s journey. Find strength to fight the adversities in life - just as our women cancer warriors have.
Join us at this exhibition with family and friends.
To enquire about the Art sessions, please contact: +65 6394-8490 / +65 6394-2205.
03 Oct 2014 – Art Exhibition by heART - Journey.Arts. Arts House, Film Gallery (1 Old Parliament Lane)
4 Jan 2014 – Sale of Lanterns at the KK Women’s Podium.
Oct 2013 – Members conducted a lantern-making workshop for KKH nurses to demonstrate to patients who are interested to do craft in the wards .
20 Oct 2013 – Members attended Ceramic workshop at Goodman Studio.
11 Sep 2013 – Learning trip by members to the House of Liechtenstein Exhibition at the Singapore National Museum.
14 Aug 2013 – Learning trip by members to the PICASSO Exhibition and open-house workshops/tour at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute Gallery.
17 Jul 2013 – Learning trip by members to the Singapore Art Museum.
23 Mar 2013 – KKHeART "Passion for Life" Fundraising Dinner.
Over the years, various exhibitions were held within the hospital to showcase our patients' paintings and art pieces. Many of these pieces were also put on sale with the proceeds donated to the programme.
28 May 2013, this exhibition was held during the Ovarian Cancer awareness month. We organized a carnival that featured the sales of decorative items in support of the KKH Health Endowment Fund.
26 Apr 2013, awareness and sale of paintings at Singapore Women’s Leadership Network Annual Conference.
8 Apr 2013, display of patients' paintings at Jalan Besar Community Centre Cafe.
11 Jun 2012, this exhibition was held during the Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. There was a carnival which featured the sale of decorative items in support of the KKH Health Endowment Fund.
17 Jan 2012, Chinese Paintings Exhibition.
13 - 17 Jun 2011, this exhibition was held during the Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
16 - 18 Mar 2011, this exhibition was held with the "Paint-a-Heart" project.
11 Sep 2010, this exhibition was held in conjunction with a public forum on women's cancer.
16 Jan 2010, this exhibition was held in conjunction with our public forum to educate the public on coping with cancer "Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster of Cancer"
Paintings for the wards
The patients’ paintings were used to decorate the hospital – the Children’s Intensive Care Unit, Clinic G, Ward 51, Ward 43, and the KKH Commitee Board Rooms.
Community art project
"Paint a Heart" was a community art project which helped to raise funds for the KKH Health Endowment Fund in 2011.
For four years from 2011 to 2014, our patients' works were featured in our annual calendar distributed to KKH staff.
Mother & Child – Clay workshop
This workshop was held in July 2013 as part of the event “Mommy’s Day Out”. The workshop aimed to improve mother and child communication by bonding over a fun activity.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness
We participated in the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Carnival held in KKH on 11 January 2012. A group of ten Hwa Chong Institute students were involved in this event. The students together with heART participants, painted various creative crafts which were sold during the carnival. A booth was also set up for public to paint their own craft to bring home. The funds raised were donated to the KKH Health Endowment Fund.
Learning from one another
Since July 2011, a participant from the group, familiar in the styles of Chinese Painting, has been imparting her knowledge to the group.
This programme was started in January 2013 – our first new initiative after the establishment of KKheART. The concept behind this project was for patients to come together in a group and share the making of handicrafts with each other. After they have mastered the craft they will share with other patients and perhaps even with caregivers and hospital staff.
On top of sharing and learning craft-making from the one another, these sessions also provide them with a mutual support for one another in coping with their conditions. The process of crafting can provide a mental respite from the stress of daily life. At the end of the session, the creations give the patients a great sense of achievement.
The afternoon sessions are conducted twice a month – on the first two Thursdays.
Current Craft Session
"Ang Pow" Latern Making
Past Craft Session
Weaving – Ketupat (in conjunction to celebrate Hari Raya)
Cotton string – Christmas Tinsel